Bill Clinton handled the North Korean situation with skill and prudence. Instead of using inflamatory language and threats, he used diplomacy. Clinton was prepared to use force (and nearly did) if diplomacy failed. But instead a crisis was averted. No, it isn't easy to diplomaticly solve the problem on the Korean Peninsula quickly. But it is easy to quickly create a crisis if diplomacy is abandoned. Clearly, the current President prefers confrontation over diplomacy. He has already evidenced this in Iraq. Force needs to be used only as a last resort. Heavy handed application of force on the Korean Peninsula will only result in the destruction of Seoul and the deaths of many millions of South Koreans. It will be interesting to see how the current crisis, created with the "axis of evil" State of the Union Speech, will continue to unfold.